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D&D Dad: “Storm King’s Thunder” Adventure/Campaign Report, Session 7

Below is the next session of our party’s Adventure Report for the humongous Dungeons & Dragons campaign Storm King’s Thunder.

Session 7, 9/2/19:

The party is recovering from the fire giant attack at the campground in Triboar when another tragedy strikes: Torinn Thavaa is squished by the 1,000-lb. piece of adamantine that the team had started digging up! Luckily, a new adventurer by the name of Ikkibirel (an Aaracokra Life Domain Cleric) flaps into town to give Torinn his last rites (and snag his magic items).

After deciding to leave the piece of adamantine, which they’ve learned is part of a giant construct called the Vonindod, the team is interrupted by a panicked Beldora, the Harper posing as a beggar in town. She tells the team she’s gotten a message from the son of Count Stratovahn, a war-hungry Storm Giant, and the son (Olthanas) wants to protect the little people of the Sword Coast from his father and his soldiers. Will the team help investigate?

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D&D Dad: “Storm King’s Thunder” Adventure/Campaign Report, Session 6

Below is the next session of our party’s Adventure Report for the humongous Dungeons & Dragons campaign Storm King’s Thunder.

Session 6, 8/24/19:

The team is in Triboar, searching for Naxene; she is an expert in dragons (direct from Morack AKA Gimli). Triboar is famous for horses and farming area with blacksmiths and guides.  Hear and smell horses, fenced in riding yard with a grazing field and buildings nearby. See a bundle-o-rags woman and Shashy’ra wants to speak with her. She is heavily bundled and appears to be homeless. She has thick gloves and boots that are too big for her lil feet and is holding a cup with a few copper pieces inside. Shashy’ra does spot a shimmer of metal, which could be a sword or knife. Shashy’ra approaches the bundle-o-rags and inquires about the bar. FAKE SURPRISE! With watchful eyes and a fake surprising face she greets the team as “fellow adventures, friends”. Sir Frost Breaker is not amused with her presence and is not taking to the likes of this “creature”. Mavthos attempts to be charming to the dirty lady and realizes that her eyes give her away. Mavthos realizes he knows this woman and he knows her as a harper agent, Beldora. She exclaims, “Good to see you, Mavthos.”

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D&D Dad: “Storm King’s Thunder” Adventure/Campaign Report, Session 5.5

Below is the next session of our party’s Adventure Report for the humongous Dungeons & Dragons campaign Storm King’s Thunder.

Session 5.5, 8/18/19:

As soon as Brother Broosel (who actually stowed away in Zephyros’ tower!) and Sir Frost Breaker leave the tower in the horse pasture where it landed outside the town of Triboar, a young girl runs up to them looking for their help. A dwarf who sounds suspiciously like The Weevil is trying to steal her father’s horses from their farm! Brother B and Sir FB charge off with her, without waiting for the rest of the party.

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D&D Dad: “Storm King’s Thunder” Adventure/Campaign Report, Session 5

Below is the next session of our party’s Adventure Report for the humongous Dungeons & Dragons campaign Storm King’s Thunder.

Session 5, 5/21/19:

The party has a slight re-shuffle, as Brother Broosel remains in the Nightstone Inn to catch up with friends, and Torinn wanders off to do some monk training on his own. And on their way out of Nightstone, the party meets up with Mehen, an old friend of Sir Frost Breaker, who joins them for the next leg of the adventure. Mehen shares his elaborate back-history for anyone in the party interested in such things.

No sooner than Mehen meets the others, a cloud giant tower drops from the sky, and the party climbs up the cloud to meet the mysterious (and slighty mad) wizard Zephyros. He offers to take the party to Triboar so long as they promise to fix the Ordning, the ancient giant class structure that has apparently been broken and causing issues all across the Realms.

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D&D Dad: “Storm King’s Thunder” Adventure/Campaign Report, Session 4

Below is the next session of our party’s Adventure Report for the humongous Dungeons & Dragons campaign Storm King’s Thunder.

Session 4, 5/14/19:

Back up the path, the group marches to get back to Nightstone. However, before they reach the gate they realize, the drawbridge is up! Starving, sweaty, bloody, and exhausted, the group along with 24 villagers just want to shower, rest, eat, and recuperate from the brutal trip into the caves. Halberticus decides to shout out and get a response, with no luck. Sir Frost Breaker and Torinn (with Normanx) mount their brooms and begin to fly up and check out the drawbridge. They are stopped by a voice. Definitely of power and noticeably female. She lets the group know that they have taken over the town; them being the Zentirim. She warns that she threw the last guard into the moat and Elara needs to get lost! The group learns that her name is Kella Darkhope and she is in charge of the Zentirim.

Mavthos yells, “Let us through or we will make our way through!” Kella decides to talk to them through a small crack in the gate, so Halberticus quickly uses his “Charm Person” spell, which leaves Kella charmed for one hour. Kella is absolutely smitten with Hal and is quick to let down the drawbridge to look deeper into his beautiful eyes.

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D&D Dad: “Storm King’s Thunder” Adventure/Campaign Report, Session 1

Here’s the second of our party’s Adventure Report for the humongous Dungeons & Dragons campaign Storm King’s Thunder:

Storm King's Thunder

Here’s the party (we’re already at Session 3, so everyone has leveled up from Level 1 in this image):

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D&D Dad: “Storm King’s Thunder” Campaign Report Session 0

Here’s the first of our party’s Adventure Report for the humongous Dungeons & Dragons campaign Storm King’s Thunder:

Storm King's Thunder

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New Book Release: UnWrecked Tales

UnWrecked Tales contains twenty-one of the best stories I’ve written in the past two decades (!), give or take a year or three.

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From the Author’s Introduction:

Some stories were gauntlets thrown down by friends editing anthologies. Some were hatchling ideas that later were added to novels. Some were side trips from other novels that didn’t make it into those bigger stories. Some were just strange nuggets of humanity that needed to be shined up and shared.

I did my best to polish up all these nuggets and organize them for you in some sort of coherent structure. But feel free to jump around and let yourself be surprised.

UnWrecked Tales includes the following stories:

  • “Wrecked”
  • “Fences”
  • “The Rise and Fall of Basskick”
  • “Finders, Keepers”
  • “The Brotherhood of Trees”
  • “Skidmark and Mudbeam”
  • “Painting Haiti”
  • “What the Land Takes”
  • “Comfort and Joy”
  • “Tiny Disaster”
  • “This Divided Land”
  • “A Game of Contact”
  • “Meet the Madfeet”
  • “Heart and Map, Ink and Blade”
  • “Remainders”
  • “Drinker”
  • “The Inverted Bearded Boy of Chicago”
  • “A Ghost in Her Heart”
  • “A Miracle in Shreveport”
  • “Family, New and Old”
  • “Finder”

To buy a copy:

296 pages (trade paperback version). First published July 2018 by UnWrecked Press.

 

New Book Release: Lost & Finders (finally!)

It’s taken a while to get here, but I’m happy to announce that my new novel is finally available! Today marks the launch of the second book in the “slightly paranormal” Finder Team mystery series: Lost & Finders.

NOTE: This book does have a cliffhanger ending, but the book that follows it is not only the third book in the Finder Team series, but it’s also the third book in the Family Pack series. Yes, this third book is a crossover, featuring characters from both series!

Here’s the official book description — I hope you enjoy it!

Lost&Finders2018_300pYou can only stay lost for so long…

Mid-summer in the mountains. The breeze carries the smell of pines and campfires, and expensive cars with Florida plates clog the roads. The students at nearby Appalachian State are gone for the summer, and Bim Mayer and Hank Johnson get to enjoy a lazy start to August after a rough winter and busy spring.

But they soon realize that summer’s gotten just a bit too lazy. Something is going down in the remote Blue Ridge Mountain town of Boone, North Carolina. People stop by the Finders, Inc. office to tell stories about whispering strangers just outside of Boone, and they aren’t white-haired tourists asking for directions to the antique stores.

Then, during one week in early August, half a dozen people from all walks of life are reported as missing. The Finder team suddenly has its hands full with work, with Bim (and his special mental skills) carrying the bulk of the finding on his rounded shoulders.

As summer heats up into a scorching fall and bizarre clues continue to pile up, Bim and Hank might just lose more than a couple pounds and a few nights of sleep. They could lose everything.

Read an excerpt from chapter 1.

  • Ebook version available from Amazon.
  • Trade paperback available from Amazon.

FindersInc_Cover_300Lost & Finders is the second book in the Finder Team series after Finders, Inc.

In Case You Were Wondering…

I use Scrivener to write fiction, and it has all sorts of bells and whistles to keep track of notes and ideas and inspiration. A while back I put together “character sheets” (for lack of a better term) for the main characters in the Finder Team mystery series.

So if you’ve ever wondered which actors (or directors!) I’d “cast” in the movie version of Finders, Inc. and Lost & Finders, well, wonder no more:

The Finder Team (casting call)
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At least, these faces are what I have in mind while I’m typing away. Thanks for indulging me!

So yeah, Jorge Garcia and Spike Lee, let’s talk, okay?